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Notable UC Berkeley Lectures & Events

"Martial Races" and "Ladies' Drinks": How Racialized Gender Has Militarized the World.

A lecture by Cynthia Enloe, author and nationally recognized scholar of militarism, state policies, politics and their impacts on the lives of people throughout the world. [Berkeley, CA] : Center for Race and Gender. Lecture, April 29, 2002. 89 min.

A House for Someone Unlike Me.

A film by Bruce Bassett. Documents the architectural design studio led by Ray Lifchez at the University of California, Berkeley as consultants with disabilities work with Lifchez, co-instructor Barbara Winslow and architectural students, in the midst of a creative and reflective design process, illuminated by personal stories of the consultants. Commentary: Raymond Lifchez, Barbara Winslow, Sara Anne Towery, Dennis Heubner, CeCe Weeks, Peter Trier, Cheryl Davis. [United States] : National Center for a Barrier Free Environment ; Boston, Mass. : Adaptive Environments Center, c1984.

America, Behind Bars: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex: Critical Resistance

The growing reliance on prisons as the solution to systematic social problems, has created a punishment industry that bleeds taxpayers as it wields repression against the poor, immigrants and minorities. The first film, Visions of Freedom (32 min.), shows highlights from the Critical Resistance Conference held in Berkeley, California in 1998. Weaving music, poetry and speakers at the conference, this video highlights the growing outlines the growth of the prison industrial complex, the privatization of corrections and the social trade-offs being made to support it.

American Justice Denied: The Reopening of "Korematsu vs U.S."

Conference sponsored by the Earl Warren Legal Institute, Asian American Studies Dept., Asian American Law Students Association and the Pacific Islander Law Students Association, UCB.

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Berkeley Shakespeare Festival Conference

Conference held at UCB, September 12, 1985. ; Storage Info: pt. 1-pt. 2 pt. 1-2

Berkeley Writers at Work

Berkeley Writers at Work: David Kirp, March 31, 2004 David Kirp, Berkeley professor of Public Policy, is interviewed by College Writing Program lecturer, John Levine. Kirp discusses his writing process and answers questions from the audience. View it via UC Berkeley Webcast service

Biography of a Biography: Writing the Life of William Randolph Hearst.

David Nasaw, author and professor at City University of New York, lectures on the noted California newspaperman and national political figure, William Randolph Hearst. Concludes with questions from the audience. A lecture presented in Dwinelle Hall, University of California Berkeley for the Friends of The Bancroft Library, April 7, 2001. 61 min. War, the Press and U.S. Power: Diplomacy and Conflict in the Post-9/11 World. Panel host: Orville Schell.

Campus Forum: Implications of War in Iraq

To initiate a campus dialogue about the Iraq war, a panel of UC Berkeley faculty experts were invited to explore the war's economic, political and regional implications. The event was introduced by Chancellor Robert Berdahl and the panel was moderated by David Leonard, Dean of International and Area Studies. The panelists and their areas of knowledge are Nezar Al Sayyad, Middle Eastern Studies; Thomas G. Barnes, law and history; David D. Caron, law; Laura Nader, anthropology; Steven Weber, political science; and Janet L. Yellen, economics.

Cannabis, The Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan, author of "The botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world," has done a range of work in journalism, environmentalism and architecture. Here he discusses his approach to plants and their relationship to people. Concludes with questions from the audience. Held on November 12, 2002 at the University of California, Berkeley. 78 min.

Does America Need an Empire?

Max Boot, author of Savage wars of peace: Small wars and the rise of American power, presents the 2003 Nimitz Memorial lecture in which he discusses American foreign policy and America's place in the world as a global "policeman." He addresses the question "Should America assume the responsibility of policing the world, and if so, why and how?". Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on March 12, 2003. View it with RealPlayer